KEY POINTS

  • LA Galaxy officially signs Chicharito
  • Chicharito becomes the highest-paid footballer in MLS
  • Chicharito is expected to draw a larger market for LA

The Los Angeles Galaxy have come to terms to land Mexican football great Javier Hernandez, the club officially announced Tuesday. 

Hernandez signed a three-year pact to leave Sevilla and play in the United States in what is reported to be the most lucrative deal in MLS, sources told the Los Angeles Times. 

“Like when people describe me playing,” Hernández said. “You know, that he’s always in the right place at the right time." 

Chicharito will take the place left by erstwhile Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was the league's highest-paid player last season after earning $7.2 million. 

The acquisition of the 31-year-old Latino not only boosts the club's chances on the pitch but likewise a larger market is expected to be drawn with one of the most exciting footballers headlining the field show in LA. 

"He is a scoring machine — he’s always there looking to score goals — and he does a really good job defending for his team,” MLS reigning MVP Carlos Vela said early this week when initial reports about Chirarito's signing surfaced. "I think the Mexican fans would be excited.”

Hernandez also had previous stints in Chivas of Mexico, Manchester United of England, Real Madrid of Spain and Bayer Leverkusen of Germany. And when asked about what made him decide to fly over to North America this time, he responded, “It was the right time, the right opportunity."

"I'm going to be playing. That's what I want in my life. People are going to say it was because I couldn't make it [in Europe], but sometimes in football, there are things that are not in your hands," added Chicharito, who is also Mexico's leading goal scorer. "

"The last two years, the managers decided on giving confidence to other players rather than me. And now, the L.A. Galaxy, the manager of the club and the league, are telling me, 'Look, Javier, we want to give you all the trust, all the confidence to help us,' and that's why I'm taking this opportunity."

Javier “Chicharito” Hernández Javier “Chicharito” Hernández has been a big hit since his arrival at Bayer Leverkusen. Photo: Getty Images